Goldfeder And Queens College Team Up For Vacant Rail Line

BY LUIS GRONDA
Staff Writer

Transit advocates hoping the defunct Rockaway Long Island Rail Road is revived got a possible glimmer of hope on Monday.

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (center) is teaming up with Queens College on a new study for the vacant Rockaway LIRR line.

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (center) is teaming up with Queens College on a new study for the vacant Rockaway LIRR line.

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) and Queens College announced they will launch a study to determine what is the best use for the vacant 3.5 mile stretch of land running from Ozone Park to Rego Park.

The College’s Department of Urban Studies will conduct the study as part of a course. Beginning in February, Professor Leonard Rodberg and Dr. Scott Larson will lead a group of about a dozen students, both undergrad and graduate, to determine the feasibility of the train line and to see what is the best use for the vacant land.

The students will do preliminary work throughout the semester and then do the groundwork at every part of the site during the summer.

Goldfeder, who has strongly supported reactivating the LIRR line since he took office, said the study will be objective and determine what is best for Queens in the future.

“We must have the tools we need to ease the current burden and allow our communities to florish grow and ultimately prepare for future growth,” the Assemblyman said.

The students will use existing data about the area as well as come up with new data while doing the survey.

The study is expected to be completed by the end of summer 2014, according to Rodberg.

Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127, lgronda@queenstribune.com or @luisgronda.